Growlink Smart Farm Blog

What Is Crop Steering? Part Two: Climate

Part Two: Environmental Conditions

In Part Two of this blog, we examine how to apply crop steering techniques using environmental conditions. As we mentioned in Part One of this blog, irrigation impacts how plants grow and can also be used as a steering tool. You can access it here in case you missed it. But let's dig into how changing environmental conditions can impact plant growth.

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Managing Greenhouse Humidity

The simple result of an enclosed growing space combined with focused sunlight is an ideal growing space. Humidity, however, can often be an enemy in such situations. Condensation is a common by-product in greenhouses as plants release moisture back into the air— especially when cold temperatures batter the greenhouse exterior. Humidity in a greenhouse is necessary, but controlling it is crucial to preventing plant stress and negative side-effects like fungus, mold, or mildew. 

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Mother Labs - Customer Highlight

As one of North America's most comprehensive full-service cannabis nursery and supplier, Mother Labs focuses on assisting clients in increasing revenue while decreasing their operating costs. Their vision of a clean future extends to harnessing the wonder of innovation to cultivate clean and sustainable cannabis in Canada and the world. 

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Airflow Basics For Indoor Cannabis Grows

Indoor plants require lighting, water, nutrients, humidity, and air circulation. Proper airflow is a crucial component in growing healthy, vigorous cannabis plants. 

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What Is Crop Steering? Part One: Irrigation

Conversations around the idea of crop steering to increase yields, save resources, and boost terpenes and aromas have increased in the last few years amongst cannabis growers. Some growers contend that crop steering is just a new way of discussing dry down, a technique where farmers allow crops to dry out between watering or feeding to encourage a particular type of growth. Others contend that it's basically just mimicking the natural conditions plants would be subject to if they were grown outdoors. Let's dig into it and see what all the hype is about.

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2021 Greenhouse Technology

 

In a world where technology moves at an unprecedented pace, commercial growers require productivity and predictability in their greenhouse technology. Let's look at ways technology helps growers increase yields, improve productivity, and provide peace of mind.

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Customer Highlight - Thrive Containers

 

In November 2020, Thrive Containers launched its new intelligent container technology to disrupt the commercial farming industry. With COVID-19 and climate change creating strains in global food accessibility and supply chains, the founders of Thrive Containers rethought the world's agriculture systems. By enabling local growers to provide fresh produce within their community, the St Petersburg, FL manufacturer has impacted the gap in accessibility to fresh produce. 

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The Benefits of Keeping Greenhouse Technology Simple

Greenhouse equipment should be simple for the end-user. This was the topic of a blog post written earlier this year by Chris Higgins, General Manager and Co-owner of HortAmericas, a wholesale supply company. The main message offered by Higgins was that the most successful products should be easy to use, learn, operate, and maintain. Why does this matter? It affects how much money a grower can make, as smart purchases can lead to a better return on investment (ROI).

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New Emerging Cannabis Markets

While the presidential election has been fraught with accusations, protests, and celebrations, let's examine some of the more compelling outcomes from the 2020 election: cannabis legalization! Yes, six states have adopted or updated the legalization status of cannabis in their state. This brings the total number of fully legal states to 17, 35 medical states, and only six states that still refuse to allow their residents access to a healing alternative to toxic pharmaceuticals. 

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The Importance of Urban Farming

As Americans, we're pretty lucky to have access to fresh food, regardless of what time of year it is. Now that many world regions are back on lockdown and international shipments are likely to be delayed, it's important to be more self-reliant than ever. One of the ways we can be self-sufficient is to buy local and support urban farming. 

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